Dec. 15, 1949-Oct. 19, 2013
Menlo Park, California
Michael Zarcone was a loving and fun husband, father, brother, and friend. Mike was born and raised in Saratoga, California.
He received his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in Pharmacy from the University of Pacific.
He worked as a pharmacist at Stanford Hospital which led him to start a home IV business called Stanford Home Treatment Services in 1981. He sold that business in 1986 and bought Saratoga Place, a convalescent hospital, which he turned in to a pediatric subacute hospital that is now Subacute Saratoga Children's Hospital.
He championed for legislation at the state level to recognize pediatric subacute care and pediatric day health care.
He opened a daycare for medically fragile children called Scribbles and Giggles, and founded another pediatric subacute hospital called Children’s Recovery Center in Campbell.
Serving medically fragile children and their families was Mike’s passion and life’s devotion.
Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2009, Mike continued to live life undeterred and to the fullest, hosting parties, playing games, and traveling, even if it meant by scooter.
Mike will be remembered by many, Margarita in hand in front of the stove fixin up his famous quesadillas surrounded by close friends wearing a brightly colored Aloha shirt with loud music on. To Mike nobody remained a stranger for long. He had a way of putting anyone at ease through his gifts of humor and hospitality. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years Julie, his daughter Lindsay, son Zack and wife Karli, and his siblings Jan and Ken.
A service celebrating Mike's life will be held Tuesday, October 29th, at 2 p.m. at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park.
Memorial donations may be made to The Medically Fragile Children’s Foundation of Northern California.
From Vincent Scherba
Oct. 29, 2013
Mike was my wife Carol's cousin and well liked by everyone in her large family.
We recently were fortunate enough to attend a family reunion graciously given at Mike & Julie's house with daughter Lindsay acting as bartender. We are so glad we attended and were able to visit with Mike so recently.
As he was known for Mike was wearing a Hawaiian shirt and his familiar smile which made everyone smile in return. I did not know Mike intimately, but he was a very easy person to like and liked everyone in return as well. Truly a nice man with a nice family and we'll sure miss him at future family reunions. I know his entire family is proud of Mike as I am in being able to know him.
From Janet Davis-Zarcone
Oct. 28, 2013
I am Mike's sister and have been for 52 years. He and I used to banter back and forth all the time- it was so much fun! Mike showed up one time at a friends
to take to the prom and the father looked at him and said, "Where are your shoes?" Mike replied, "In the car." Well, then go get them and the father shut the door. Mike came back and knocked on the door and the father opened it and looked down saw he had his shoes on then proceeded to let him inside. He always would walk around my parent's house without shoes on just his socks. On several occasions he had left the house and came back claiming he forgot his shoes. LOL! Mike was always known for being late for appointments. You had to tell him you wanted him to arrive at 5pm when you really meant 6pm because always needed that extra hour of personal time to do what he had to do. He made me laugh and made everyone he knew laugh!
Why we all LOVE Mikie:
Mike was someone who loved us from the heart,
No matter how much we might have argued with him, we could not be drawn apart.
He was a joy that should not have been taken away,
Once he entered your life, Mike was here to stay
Mike was a friend who helped through difficult times,
His comforting words worth much more than this his Holy socks in church
Mike was Julie's partner who filled their lives with 34 years of love and laughter
He will be remembered the most for his quick witted jokes and banter
Whenever he was challenged with a difficult agruement he would try to reason his way through it digging himself knee deep in- Doo Doo, but instead dark chocolate fudge
He knew Julie wouldn't hold a grudge
He always kept the relatives coming back for the yearly family reunions
Especially when his mission was to cook in Julie's kitchen
You would find him mixing Margauritas and making his delicious drumettes
When he would pass by a quest he would ask Can I get you another?
Whenever his friends or family were experiencing a difficult situation
He would listen, smile and offer a solution
Having had Mike in our lives
was not just by circumstance, but a God given priviledge
We can acknowledge
That Mike was living life to the fullest
He was just killing time
Until the Good Lord said, "Come on my son, it's time"
Please whenever you remember Mike keep his spirit alive with everyday smiles and laughter
because we don't want to lose it for ever after.
From Cheryle Pybrum
Oct. 26, 2013
My daughter, Christy, who worked for Mike told me so many wonderful things about him. How his passion was all about the children and his employees. I was so saddened by his passing and just want the family to know how incredibly sorry my husband and I feel for your loss. Mike truly had a heart of gold. Larry and Cheryle Pybrum
From Pam Austin
Oct. 26, 2013
I was so sorry to hear about Mike yesterday, I worked for Mike at Saratoga Sub Acute hospital from 1999 to 2003.
The whole time I worked at Saratoga Hospital Mike was such an easy going friendly caring person to work with. I never experienced Mike in a mood other then pleasant even when I would have to call him in the middle of the night for medicine or supplies we were out of. Unfortunately in Dec 2003 I had issues with my medical board and had to take time off, I was devastated and Mike did the unthinkable for a boss he sent me a check to help with my family until I could get back on my feet.I and my family was so grateful. I will never forget his generosity, Mike will forever be in my heart as the best Boss ever. May you rest in peace Mike. Sincerely Pam Austin
From Will Cogswell
Oct. 24, 2013
Some things never change, as I also remember Mike with a Margarita in hand back in our UOP days in Stockton. We were fraternity brothers at Phi Kappa Tau. Quite frankly Mike was about the nicest guy I new at UOP. He had a laid back personality, always calm and a face that was always smiling. He was a great handyman, so was always playing central roles in building floats, sets for "Band Frolic," setting up for "Fireman's Fling" or working on the fire engine.
I loved reading about his accomplishments since school and it doesn't surprise me that he put others at the forefront of his work. All of his old "brothers" join together to wish Julie and family well!